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Team Roberts aim to learn more at Assen

Team Roberts aim to learn more at Assen

When Kurtis Roberts survived a rain-hit Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix, he claimed a personal best MotoGP finish (13th) and managed to finish a race for the second time in three attempts since his surprise comeback.

When Kurtis Roberts survived a rain-hit Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix, he claimed a personal best MotoGP finish (13th) and managed to finish a race for the second time in three attempts since his surprise comeback.

Roberts started from 19th on the grid, but made significant headway in the early stages, overtaking several opponents to get up to 11th place by the tenth of 30 laps of the Leicestershire circuit. But when the English summer rain ceased mid-race and as the track began to dry the American found his soft tyre choice leaving him wanting and started to drop back – although he was just able to hold on and keep a points winning position.

It was a good personal achievement for Kurtis, younger son of team principal Kenny Roberts Snr, who is currently riding the English-built Honda powered KR212V, in place of his brother, former World Champion Kenny Jnr.

Team boss Kenny Snr recently insisted that Kurtis' riding style is at present more suited to the 800cc era and that he is better placed than his brother to speed up development of a new Team Roberts bike.

The Oxfordshire based outfit are currently constructing a revised chassis to solve handling problems with their prototype racer, which they hope to be using by the time of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on 22nd July – when Kenny Jnr is expected to rejoin his brother on track.

After the British race Kenny Snr commented: "We did better than I thought we were going to do, anyway. It wasn't a useful day - we didn't learn anything in terms of what problems we have. You couldn't with this weather. It looked like we were going forward for half the race, then it dried out and we weren't good. Which was surprising, because we're usually better when it starts to get a dry line."

"That was a tyre issue, but Kurtis was able to get some mileage and get comfortable. Assen should be better. If we get a bit of weather help and improve our set-up, we could start working our way back up again."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Kurtis Roberts

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